Weeks Marine began a dredging project at the Lake Worth Inlet to remove shoaling in the main channel and restore the inlet to its authorized depth of 33 feet.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a permit for the work to continue for up to 48 hours and no additional capacity or deepening will be taking place.
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “FDOT is pleased to work with the Port of Palm Beach to restore the Lake Worth Inlet which will strengthen the movement of cargo at the port.”
The Florida Department of Transportation worked cooperatively with the Port of Palm Beach to secure funding for this $350,000 project. The two agencies are each contributing $175,000 toward the dredging.
Draft restrictions on vessels have been in place at the Port of Palm Beach since September 2014. Currently, inbound vessels are restricted to 29 feet at high water and 26 feet at low water because of the shoaling in the channel. The dredging is expected to remove these restrictions, allowing shipping companies at the port to resume normal operations.
Approximately 1,000 cubic yards of material will be removed during the dredging. The material will be pumped to an area just south of the inlet where it can return naturally to the beach area.
CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOTE: This project is for maintenance dredging only. It has nothing to do with the larger deepening and widening project that has been requested by the Port of Palm Beach.